When the groundbreaking ceremonies took place last September, students were told there would be some inconveniences, but the end result would be worth it. While many have enjoyed watching the construction begin on the building, it has come at a cost. Students have gone without a playground and recess was contained to the classrooms. But that changed Monday.
With faces full of excitement, first-grade students walked out the doors in single-file lines. After being told the boundaries and the unlocking a gate, students were allowed to run.
"This is great," Principal Karen Phillips said. "It's wonderful that the city is letting us do it."
Last week, Phillips contacted Mayor Ann Bradshaw with a small request, to close part of Coalfax Street from 11-12:45 p.m., daily, so students could safely cross the street to play on a lot owned by the corporation. After consulting with the necessary people, barricades were delivered and Phillips got the go ahead.
Houses on the street are still accessible and the children are monitored.
"We really appreciate the cooperation of the city," Phillips added. "Kids need to be outside."